Virat Kohli retains top spot in ICC test rankings while 3 Indian bowlers are in top 10

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Its been a month since Virat Kohli became the no. 1 batsman in the ICC Test rankings list. Back in early December 2019, the captain of Team India dethroned Aussie superstar Steve Smith on the top spot in in ICC’s Test batting rankings. Along with Kohli, Indian bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammad Shami all have also held their respective spots in the Test bowling rankings.

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Steve Smith, who rose to the first spot after a brilliant spell in the Ashes 2019, lost his rank after a lousy performance in the test series against Pakistan back in November. The former captain ended the year with a rating of 911.

Kohli’s marvellous gig in the South Africa and Bangladesh test series helped him massively to soar to the top spot. The 31 year old landed a splendid knock of 136 runs in the historical pink ball test, the second match o the Bangladesh series at Eden Gardens, earning him a rating of 928 as the first ranked batsman of the red ball format.

Cheteswar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, the other two Indian hitters fell down the pecking order. Pujara, who reached the 4th position with a rating 791 points, lost two places down to 6th, the rank which Rahane had occupied earlier. The latter went down three position, down to 9th with 759 ratings to his name.

Coming to the bowling division, things are comparatively better here, as Bumrah, Ashwin and Shami all have been successful in retaining their respective rankings, at 6th, 9th and 10th position in the list respectively.

Following a stress fracture and missing out the Proteas series, Bumrah lost his no. 3 rank, dropping 3 places. However, son after his recovery, the 26 year old has been consistent, and that has helped him retain his position with 794 ratings.

Ashwin, who earlier lost four positions in the all rounder list, retained his no. 9 spot in the list, earning a total of 772 ratings.

After an impressive 7 wicket haul in both tests against Bangladesh, pacer Mohammed Shami scaled up an astounding eight places, entering the top 10 list in November with a rating of 771.

Team India is preparing for their Test tour of New Zealand in February.

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